Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
1836-1842; Restoration, Delano & Aldrich, 1915

The story of the Bartow-Pell estate begins in 1654 when Thomas Pell, an English doctor from Connecticut, bought the land from the Siwanoy Indians as part of a nearly 9,000-acre tract. The estate was reduced to 220 acres by the end of the Revolutionary War. It was bought in 1836 by a Pell descent, Robert Bartow who built the present late Federal style stone mansion with Greek Revival interiors. The house and grounds remained in the Bartow family until 1888 when the estate was acquired by New York City. In 1914, the International Garden Club formed to promote horticultural knowledge and to save the Bartow-Pell Mansion from decay. The architectural firm of Delano and Aldrich carried out the restoration.

The house and grounds, which include formal terraces, a fountain, and herb and perennial gardens, cemetery, hiking trails, and an 1840s stone carriage house officially opened as a museum in 1946 and became listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the 1970s. Both the interior of the mansion and the site have been designated as NYC Landmarks. Today, the museum serves as a placed-based educational resource and learning destination. Throughout the year Bartow-Pell offers a robust array of public programs, exhibitions, and special events that speak to contemporary life, connect the past to the present, and cultivate an appreciation for the area's historical, natural, and cultural resources.

This site is part of the Historic House Trust of NYC, a non-profit organization operating in tandem with the NYC Parks Department that provides essential support for 23 houses of architectural and cultural significance, spanning 350+ years of New York City life.

Saturday & Sunday Tour Info: Tours will be offered at 12:15, 1:15, 2:15, and 3:15pm both days. Take a journey back in time with a BMPP Museum Guide and explore family life in the Bartow household. (45 min)

For Kids: Children will be able to make a thaumatrope in the conservatory to play with and take home. We will also have Museum Guides available to provide instruction on 19th century outdoor games including hoops and graces.

Access Notes: Bartow-Pell Mansion does not have an elevator to the second floor. It has five steps leading up to the mansion's entrance.

Since the first OHNY Weekend in 2003, this site is one of almost 50 have participated for 10 or more years. When you visit, please thank them for championing an open city! To see a full list of 15th Anniversary sites, click here.

This site is part of the special series Spaces of Respite, highlighting sites across the five boroughs where you can find respite from the stress of contemporary urban life, pause, and gather your thoughts. Click here to read more and see the full list of participating sites.


Image Credit: Richard Warren